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Day 123:  What can I offer start-ups?  It’s really very simple.  Offer start-ups your support.  Be able to help them find the resources they need faster.  It goes back to knowing all your key players.  A successful business can access the right people.  It’s all about connecting.  This includes sources of money and technical assistance. …

Day 122:  What is this entrepreneur thing?   In my neck of the woods communities seem to struggle to figure out how to help start-up businesses.  For some reason start-ups just don’t seem to be treated as sexy.  I think economic development and chamber of commerce organizations should focus 90% of their time helping existing business…

Day 121:  21 Ways to Refocus.  This will be a short post as I am very busy this week.  But I ran across a nice piece put out by Inc. Magazine.  With the economy we have been dealing with for several years I know many economic development and chamber organizations are struggling to decide what…

Day 120:  When should economic development be public?  A couple of weeks ago a judge in Nebraska ruled that all of the records including emails and financial information should be available to the public when public dollars are used.  Now I know in my home state of Iowa the rules are written that when a…

Day 119:  Are you a trusted partner?  Today I went to a state sponsored session about existing business.  There was a panel made up of some local economic developers and one company.  The company spoke about a recent expansion that they had gone through.  While he was speaking he talked about always looking for trusted…

Day 118:  Why shovel ready sites?  In the past ten years the concept of certified sites has picked up steam.  Several states have certified site programs.  Some of these programs are massive while other states just require minimum data.  I guess it doesn’t matter much how detailed the program is in my mind.  Since we…

Day 117:  When do you know you need to move on?  Being a chamber or economic development exec is a rewarding career.  Sometimes it is hard to explain to the average citizen or ten year old what we do.  But when you have been around a community for a few years it is rewarding to…

Day 116:  Trick or Treat.  Obviously this post is being written on Halloween.  What’s Halloween have to do with economic development?  Nothing.  I am trying to be clever.  But, maybe there is a correlation.  Let’s say your house is a community.  Let’s say a business looking for a location is a “beggar”.  Let’s call the…

Day 115:  How does my community stand out?  I’m going to throw out some numbers that are pure assumptions on my part.  I did no research to back them up.  (Too much to do this week)  But let’s say there are 600,000 cities, towns, etc in the world.  I think there are about 27,000 places…

Day 114:  Have you talked to your local businesses lately?  Obviously by the number of posts I write about this topic I feel it is very important.  So, while this post may not have anything earth shattering to share, I hope it is a reminder to contact your businesses NOW!  As you know your success…

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